Northwest Quantum Nexus 2023 Summit

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Northwest Quantum Nexus 2023 Summit

A meeting to discuss the future of quantum information systems in the Pacific Northwest

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Husky Union Building 4001 East Stevens Way Northeast Seattle, WA 98195

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About this event

Join us at the 2023 Northwest Quantum Nexus Summit- January 23rd and 24th

We invite you to join the Northwest Quantum Nexus in propelling regional quantum momentum with national impact. The 2023 Summit will foster collaboration across industry, academia, and government and provide an inspiring forum for discourse on:

• Quantum technologies, capabilities, and directions

• Workforce development

• Preparing the quantum ecosystem for quantum at scale.

Enjoy marquee speakers; a robust agenda featuring technical, business, and joined tracks; ample networking and interactive poster session; and the opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, and general STEM communities to participate in the NQN Winter 2023 Hackathon starting January 20, 2023, with hack orientation sessions hosted earlier in the month!

Please RSVP by January 13th to guarantee a spot at this innovative event!

The Northwest Quantum Nexus Summit is organized by:

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Organizing committee:

The University of Washington


Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Washington State University


University of Oregon


The NQN Summit organizing committee has gathered the region's top academic, business, and public leaders to share their expertise vision on how QIS will transform the Northwest.

We are excited to offer simultaneous scientific and business focused tracks, as well as joint sessions with both groups together.

Hackathon: Friday January 20th, 3:00PM-7:00PM

(RSVP separately for the Hackathon here)

  • Join us in person for the Hackathon kickoff at the University of Washington.
  • The Hackathon will continue over the weekend virtually, with winners announced on Tuesday, January 24th.
  • Challenge: The current quantum devices are still NISQ (noisy intermediate-scale quantum devices), so both the number of the qubits available and the noise introduced during a computation are significant factors you have to consider when running your programs.

Monday, January 23rd 8:30AM-7:00PM

  • Breakfast & registration
  • Welcome, University of Washington Provost Mark Richards
  • Opening Keynote Address, Director of the National Quantum Coordination Office
  • Breakout into Scientific Sessions & Business Sessions
  • Lunch
  • Joint Sessions: Workforce Development in Quantum Technologies, and NQN Momentum & Partner Panel (UW, Microsoft, PNNL, WSU, UO, IonQ, Amazon, Boeing)
  • Closing Keynote, PNNL
  • Reception and Poster Session

Monday's Scientific Sessions:

  • Scientific Workloads on the Path to Scalable Quantum Computers
  • Photonic Technologies for Quantum Information

 Monday's Business Sessions

  • Economic Development Across Quantum Industries
  • Quantum Startups and Running a Quantum Company

Tuesday, January 24th 8:30AM-1:00PM

  • Breakfast & registration
  • Opening Keynote, Microsoft's Krysta Svore
  • Breakout into Scientific Sessions & Business Sessions
  • Making Quantum Impactful and Accessible for All: A Chat with Matthias Troyer
  • Closing Remarks & Hackathon Recap and Awards

Tuesday's Scientific Sessions

  • Co-design for Quantum Algorithms & Architectures
  • Fabrication & Characterization to Advance QC

† Tuesday's Business Sessions

  • Washington State QIS Landscape: WTIA and Moonbeam
  • Quantum Intermediate Representation



  • Mark Richards, UW Provost
  • Charles Tahan, Director National Quantum Coordination Office
  • Lou Terminello, PNNL
  • Krysta Svore, Microsoft
  • Matthias Troyer, Microsoft

Scientific Workloads on the Path to Scalable Quantum Computers

  • Nathan Baker, PNNL
  • Carlos Ortiz Marrero, PNNL
  • Martin Savage, UW

Photonic Technologies for Quantum Information

  • Brian Saam, WSU
  • Brian Smith, UO
  • Kirk Madison, UBC
  • Sara Mouradian, UW

Economic Development Across Quantum Industries

  • Nirav Desai, CEO, Moonbeam
  • Stephanie Scott, Director, Innovation Cluster Accelerator Program, Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Luke Mauritsen, Founder, Montana Instruments
  • Kannan Krishnaswami, Technology Commercialization Manager, PNNL
  • Kelly Fukai, VP, Government & Community Affairs for Washington Technology Industry Association

Quantum Startups and Running a Quantum Company

  • Jordan Shapiro, IonQ
  • Peter Chapman, IonQ
  • Arka Majumdar, UW

NQN Partner Panel

  • Sebastian Hassinger, Amazon
  • Michael Forbes, WSU
  • Marna Kagele, Boeing
  • David Allcock, UO
  • Dean Kassman, IonQ

Co-design for Quantum Algorithms & Architectures

  • Yufei Ding, UCSB
  • Olivia Di Matteo, UBC
  • Yunong Shi, Amazon
  • Norm Tubman, NASA

Fabrication & Characterization to Advance QC

  • Charlie Marcus, UW
  • Daniel Higginbottom, SFU
  • Brent VanDevender, PNNL
  • Mark Kuzyk, WSU

Washington State QIS Landscape: WTIA and Moonbeam

  • Nirav Desai, CEO, Moonbeam
  • Nick Ellington, WTIA

Quantum Intermediate Representation

  • Wim van Dam, Microsoft

About the Northwest Quantum Nexus

Quantum computing is poised to accelerate the global cycle of economic innovation. Recognizing the opportunity to help shape the development of this potentially transformative technology, a core group of partners formed the Northwest Quantum Nexus (NQN). Members of the NQN are dedicated to developing applications for quantum computing and testbeds for future scalable computing architectures. The NQN leverages scientific expertise, institutional capabilities, and global engineering capacity that creates a hub for all aspects of quantum technology.

Our mission is to incubate innovation, evaluate experimental concepts, and translate promising technology into real-world commercial applications.

The initial focus of Northwest Quantum Nexus is scalable quantum computing for clean energy applications, with a focus toward quantum sensing and other QIS applications. Building on existing successful partnerships in quantum chemistry, and core research strengths of NQN partners, we will pursue research directions that feed a continuous cycle of discovery, testing, development, and implementation.

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The NQN members recognize that to realize the potential of the technology and its applications will require a coordinated effort that cannot be realized by an individual existing entity. The NQN provides a nucleation site for fostering and coordinating collaboration across several dimensions.

  • Multi-disciplinary research: fostering relationships among researchers with complementary expertise towards developing a system-level platform for QIS and its applications. It is anticipated advances generated through the NQN will feed clean energy applications, particularly the discovery of new materials and processes to increase the efficiency of industrial chemical operations and recycle carbon from diverse sources.
  • Public-private partnerships: extending the principles established among the existing public-private partners to inculcate a culture of technology development and transfer as an integral part of the virtuous cycle of development. The NQN will foster an ecosystem for startup incubation and spin-off of quantum-enabled products and practices.
  • Workforce development: educating and training the next generation to become fluent in the language of quantum computing and to be prepared to join the Northwest workforce created through the effort of the NQN. It is a primary tenant of the NQN that an educated workforce will be a critical component to realize the potential of quantum computing in our lifetimes.

Other information:

We do not have a dedicated conference hotel but there are several major chain hotels near the conference venue on the University of Washington campus. The UW campus is easily reachable by the Seattle light rail which has direct access to downtown if you prefer to stay there as well.